Wednesday, June 18, 2014
RG III: Focused on football, not contract
By John Keim
ASHBURN, Va. -- Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III focused on his mechanics, learning a new playbook and regaining chemistry with his receivers this offseason. One thing he said he didn’t focus on: the new contract for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
He, of course, signed a six-year deal potentially worth $126 million earlier this month. Of that, $61 million is guaranteed -- but with conditions so Kaepernick still must play well.
It’s hard for a quarterback not to pay attention to another deal at the position. And the Redskins will have a decision to make with Griffin next offseason: Do they offer him a fifth-year extension (Cam Newton's is worth $14.55 million)? Or let him get to the final year of his contract?
Obviously a lot depends on how Griffin performs in 2014. Will he be more like the dynamic player of his rookie season? Or more like the struggling passer of 2013? Clearly there were other issues this past fall, starting with his surgically repaired right knee that prevented any sort of an offseason. Coaches often say the most important offseason for a quarterback is the one between his rookie and second seasons.
But Griffin has had a strong offseason and ditched the knee brace. So if he plays well, he’ll get paid. He knows that. Which is why he said he’s not focused on Kaepernick.
“I don’t pay any attention to it,” Griffin said. “We’ve got to take care of what we take care of here. You let the money people take care of money and let the guys that are supposed to play football, play football. I’m here to play football.”
For what it’s worth, he likes life without the brace.
“It feels great,” he said. “I’m blessed to have the offseason this year and to not have to wear the brace. But I don’t look at last year as a downer because of the brace. It’s just better not to have it.”